Clashing Teams- Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators
Date: February 12th, 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 08:00 PM (Local) and 07:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Head to Head- Islamabad United- 07 and Quetta Gladiators- 07
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Islamabad United will brave Quetta Gladiators challenge in 18th fixture of PSL 2022. Team United is presently seated at second spot carrying three wins from five games and looks confident in the race to play-off. Batting first in the last game, Islamabad United punished hard Kings’ bowlers and stockpiled 177 runs on board with 30+ runs innings from Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Colin Munro and Shadab Khan. Skipper Shadab impressed with the ball as well while uprooting 4 crucial scalps.
Without any doubt, Islamabad United will look forward to capitalize on the gained momentum and seize two in a row wins. The United batters were exceptional in the previous game and needed to exhibit another strong-willed batting supremacy. Mohammad Wasim Jr was a bit expensive in the last match and needs to rebound towards speed variations. Hasan Ali will lead the quick-gun brigade while skipper Shadab will mentor the spin department.
Quetta Gladiators successfully dodged their third straight defeat, as they edged a last over thriller against Lahore Gladiators. This thumping win has shot Gladiators positioning in the points-table and they are raced to fifth spot with two wins from five overall games. Jason Roy proved to be the standout player for Gladiators in the match, as English T20 specialist smashed 116 runs off 57 balls and James Vince played a death over cameo with unbeaten 49 runs off 38 balls.
Sarfaraz Ahmed & Boys will be looking forward to further bridge the winning momentum and barge into the crucial top four positioning. Inclusion of Jason Roy in the top order has already bolstered Gladiators batting performance although Ahsan Ali is obligated to play a cautious grade of cricket and better compliment his batting ally. On bowling duties, Naseem Shah led attack needs to bowl some economical bowling spells to choke the opponent in the middle overs.
Both teams will walk into Saturday’s delight with astonishing wins in their previous matches. An insight into PSL 2022 performances suggests that Islamabad United will be favorites of 18th PSL schedule. The Gaddafi Stadium has seen several high-scoring affairs and Saturday’s face-off will be identical with 180-200 runs on board. The track-record of team winning toss and elected to bowl first is handsomely high and both skippers will keep this fact in mind.
Market Odds (As on 07:30 P.M)
Top Batsman for Team Islamabad United-Paul Stirling – The experienced Irish batter is on fire this PSL season and has already accumulated 134 runs from three PSL games carrying an ever magnificent strike-rate of 212.70.
Top Batsman for Team Quetta Gladiators- Jason Roy- This English T20 specialist batter has already shown his caliber with a fabulous match winning knock of 116 runs off 57 balls in last match with acceleration rate touching 200.
Probable Playing XI For the Match
Islamabad United- Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mubasir Khan, Azam Khan (wk), Shadab Khan (c), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, Marchant de Lange
Quetta Gladiators-Jason Roy, Ahsan Ali, James Vince, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Iftekhar Ahmed, James Faulkner, Mohammad Nawaz, Asir Qureshi, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah